NBC took full advantage of the expected intensely cold temperatures and frigid winds that could cause more people to enjoy the annual Macy’s Day Parade via television by showing a “historic” moment that has left some viewers outraged.
What possible thing in a traditional and family-oriented parade has some people cheering and others jeering? That would be the parade’s first same-sex kiss.
The kiss was broadcast to more than 50 million people. https://t.co/kBX3dhxP78
— PinkNews (@PinkNews) November 22, 2018
The big moment occurred during the parade’s 92nd birthday in a performance from the cast of the Broadway musical “The Prom.” According to The Daily Wire, the show is about a high schooler named Emma who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom but is not allowed to in her Indiana small town.
“Actors, including leads Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla, burst out of the theater and into the streets for Macy’s big holiday parade Thursday,” Entertainment Weekly reported. “Closing out their performance of the big number, Kinnunen and McCalla shared a kiss on live television, which appears to be the first same-sex kiss in the parade’s history.”
The executive producer of the parade, Susan Tercero, told Entertainment Weekly that “The Prom” and the other Broadway shows selected for the parade were picked to show viewers “what’s really happening on Broadway.”
“The Prom” producers Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein and Jack Lane were grateful that they were able to be part of the historic moment and said in a joint statement that they “are very proud to be the very first LGBTQ kiss on the Thanksgiving Parade.”
While some celebrated the history-making element of it, as well as its open support of the LGBT agenda in so public a forum, not everyone was pleased. Some criticized such action taking place during “family entertainment.”
For others, they were disappointed in the parade for getting political instead of sticking with more traditional elements. Another argument made was that the moment “sexualized” the parade and that was what was truly inappropriate.
Meh. To me, it was a bit inappropriate at 9:20 in the morning, but it’s more like rebellion by young women who have daddy issues rather than a great threat to the social order.
Like everything else in life, wait ten years and see what happens.
— Virginia Man, Liberty Fan (@VAManLUFan) November 23, 2018
Some countered that not all families look the same, so the same-sex kiss was completely appropriate in a “family venue.” In fact, the argument was made that it was “good” for children to see.
“It was a family program. Not all families look the same. It’s good that all children see that.” https://t.co/iN04qGhwfJ
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 23, 2018
Macy’s only mentioned the musical via a tweet showing some of the dancing. The kiss was not shown in the clip or mentioned in the tweet.
— Macy’s (@Macys) November 22, 2018
The Daily Wire noted that a different family-friendly event — the 2014 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade — also featured a similar LGBTQ moment. A same-sex wedding took place on one of its floats.
While some vowed they would no longer watch the annual Thanksgiving parade, others said they stopped years ago for various reasons. However, with such a massive audience it is unlikely that such personal boycotts will have much impact.
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